Everbound Review

Everbound by Brodi AshtonEverbound
By: Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Thank you Cynthia from A Blog About Nothing for my copy of Everbound!
Spoilers if you have not read Everneath

My Rating:
star

Summary (via book copy):
Two months ago, the Tunnels of the underworld came for Nikki Beckett. That night, Nikki’s boyfriend, Jack, made the ultimate sacrifice. All Nikki wants is to save Jack before it’s too late. All Cole wants is to find his queen–and he thinks Nikki is the one. Both determined, both desperate, Nikki and Cole form a tense alliance, leading them on a dangerous journey to the heart of the Everneath.

The Story:
The book starts right after Jack has taken Nikki’s place in the Everneath and Nikki being drenched in guilt and sadness. Her one mission is to save Jack from the fate he took upon himself for her. The pacing is fast and the book is full of action and adventure. I was captivated entirely and though I had an inkling of where the story might go I was still surprised by how Ashton ended the book. OK, surprised is an understatement I was shocked. I honestly think that Everbound was a stronger novel than Everneath and Ashton is becoming an even better story teller which makes me so excited for book three. I usually like to jot down notes as I read but I was so busy reading I did not take down a single note. Throughout the entire book I felt the stress Nikki felt as her time ticked away and this pushed me to read faster than I intended. I loved getting more of a history on the Everneath and the Everliving.

The Characters:
Nikki is single minded and brave in a way she was not in the prior novel. She has grown a lot and has grasped her ability to change her own life and those of the ones she loves. Jack is not as present throughout but we get glimpses of him in flashbacks that Nikki has. These were delightful because they gave back story to Nikki and Jack’s relationship but also helped to relieve the stress of the book. Cole seems to have grown as well and though you don’t exactly know his motivations you feel for him and honestly begin to see aspects of his character you can’t help but like.

Final Thoughts:
I found Everbound to be an incredibly fast read that left me wanting much more (like book three now!)

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New YA Releases for January 22, 2013

These are the new releases I’ll be checking out this Tuesday, January 22:

Everbound BoundlessThe Archived

Everbound by Brodi Ashton is book two in the Everneath series.
Summary (via Goodreads):
Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand is book three in the Unearthly series.
Summary (via Goodreads):
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab is the first in the The Archived series.
Summary (via Goodreads):
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.(